Taking a Weekend Break in Glasgow

Spending a weekend break anywhere is fun, but a city break in Glasgow offers loads to do and a chance to see one of Scotland’s finest cities.

There are a wide variety of places to stay in Glasgow from hotel chains to youth hostels offering a cheap night’s lodgings, and wonderful five star hotels where you’ll be living the life of luxury during your stay.  You could even opt for a self catering apartment.  Whatever you choose, picking somewhere that’s right in the heart of Glasgow will give you the best opportunities for seeing this city during your stay.

For anyone who enjoys visiting museums Glasgow has a wealth of museums for you to explore.  There is the Gallery of Modern Art, Scotland Street School, The Burrell Collection, Pollock House, Riverside Museum, Open Museum and many more, and all these which are run by the council are free to enter meaning you don’t have to worry about overspending or getting your money’s worth.  Glasgow is even home to the world’s first Museum of Religion.

For many people, dinner and a show is a must here in Glasgow, there’s a pretty good theatre scene with a number of different venues you can choose between including the Theatre Royal, Kings Theatre, Tron Theatre and Citizens Theatre and all offer a wide range of different shows throughout the year.  Dining out here can be as varied as you like really, there are plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from, and most of those nearby to any of the theatres will offer a pre-theatre menu if you’re eating early so you don’t miss your show.

Alternatively you could indulge in a little music.  The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall is very popular, as are the Barrowlands Ballroom and Carling Academy, and each offers some quite different musical styles.

Shopping in Glasgow city centre may help complete your visit, and there’s plenty to choose from with high street stores and designer labels as well as boutiques and specialty outlets.  Some of the best shopping can be found around the Italian Centre, and Merchant Square.

Travelling around Glasgow is nice and easy.  The city is laid out with the streets in a grid style system so it’s quite easy to find your way around on foot.  If you do fancy hopping on a bus however, you can purchase an all day bus ticket which will give you access to all routes across the city no matter how many times you hop on and off.  There’s also a pretty good underground system here too where you can get an all day ticket as well, and there are plenty of taxis for hire if you prefer something that will take you door to door.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh had a great hand in the architecture of Glasgow, and some of his most famous buildings are right here such as the Light House and the Huntarian both of which offer free entry.  Taking a walk round this stunning city you’ll see examples of many Victorian, Edwardian and Georgian buildings that are well worth seeing.  Alternatively, you could hop on a city sight seeing tour bus where all the most important features will be pointed out to you enroute.